St. Francis Children's Center

Keri Scholz, OTR

Keri Scholz’s areas of specialty include pediatrics, handwriting, and sensory integration. She earned her Occupational Therapy degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and has also completed extensive continuing education work in handwriting, therapeutic listening, and the needs of patients in the 0-10 age range. Keri has taught handwriting classes for over 10 years. She has cared for Ascension  Columbia St. Mary’s patients since 1997 and has worked at the St. Francis Children's Center since 2001.

“I really enjoy working with little children and their families to meet functional, age appropriate goals. I love helping children maximize their independence, meet developmental milestones and to make things easier for the children and their families.”

Patti Van Den Kieboom, OTR

Patti Van Den Kieboom is Board Certified in Occupational Therapy and specializes in pediatrics. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy.

“I truly believe that children learn from their environment and through play and play based activities. My approach to treatment focuses on the whole child and their family. Bringing fun and play into sessions is essential to unlocking each child's fullest potential.”

Jackie Kucharski, OTR

Jackie Kucharski is a dedicated occupational therapist with over 15 years of pediatric experience. In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy and Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science earned at Mount Mary University, she is also accredited in Sensory Integration and Praxis Test (SIPT) administration, CranioSacral Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy through the Upledger Institute, the Handwriting without Tears and Print Tool. Jackie has completed advanced training in Advanced Therapeutic Listening and Neuro-Developmental Therapy (NDT) for infants and pediatrics. She  specializes in a wide range of rehabilitative therapies including autism spectrum disorders, head injury, learning disabilities, seizure disorders, neurological disorders, sensory integration and modulation dysfunction, feeding difficulties, cerebral palsy, pediatric rehabilitation, dyspraxia, stress and anxiety relief, fine motor delays, ADD/ADHD, behavioral concerns, visual perceptual deficits, social skill development, cognitive skills and activities of daily living skills. Jackie is well-versed in a broad range of occupational therapy programs, treatments and modalities, restoring function and reducing disabilities for patients.

“I use a holistic approach involving the entire family, not just the child. My goal is to make therapy both an enjoyable and a meaningful activity.”

Nicole Bailke, MPT

Nicole Bailke specializes in pediatric physical therapy. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Physical Therapy degree from Chapman University.

“I use functional, play-based activities to provide the most effective treatment for my patients, while also having fun!”

Michelle Schofield, PT

Michelle Schofield earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Therapy from Marquette University. She specializes in pediatrics and neurological rehabilitation and is a Certified Anat Baniel Method for Children Practitioner.

“I base my approach to therapy on how our brains are designed to learn through attention and exploration. I believe people learn best through a supportive, gentle approach that helps them discover new patterns of movement that they can integrate into everyday activities. Seeing someone succeed, whether it is a child doing something for the first time or an adult discovering that movement can be done with greater ease and less discomfort, is the true reward in my work as a physical therapist.”

Adele Eklund, SLP

Adele Castillo Eklund earned her Bachelor and Masters degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Illinois State University. She is a member of the American Speech Language and Hearing Association. Adele specializes in pediatrics. For the past 30 years, she has worked with children from the ages of 0-5 years in Milwaukee county. Her emphasis has been in the areas of feeding, communication, handling, vision, parent education, and, most importantly, play.

"I have had the honor of serving children and their families for most of my career as a speech language pathologist. It is my goal as an SLP to build relationships with my patients and their families, to collaborate with team members and other professionals in the community, and to help children and families achieve goals that improve their quality of life."

Emily M Gallagher, MS, CCC-SLP

Emily Gallagher specializes in pediatrics, with a special interest in early intervention, feeding skills, and parent education. She earned a Certificate through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Emily holds a Master of Science degree from Marquette University. In addition, Emily is currently working on the Hanen Certification Parent Program. She has completed training in Feeding, Neuro Developmental Treatment Handling, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, and Phonology Groups.

“People flourish when given the opportunity. Dignity and compassion go much further than criticism. Our ability to connect with one another is crucial to our confidence, and communication is key in connecting. I respect that the parent is the expert on their child, and my goal is to support parents in expanding their children’s ability and confidence.”

Julia Mattek, SLP

Julia Mattek specializes in pediatric articulation and language evaluation and treatment, feeding delays, autism, expressive and receptive language delay and Down syndrome. She is Certified through the American Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA). Julia earned her Bachelor degree in Educational Studies and her Master degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders both from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

“I work hard with parents and children to help them reach their fullest potential.”

Joy Simmons, SLP, M.S. CCC-SLP

In addition to her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education and Masters of Science degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, both from the University Wisconsin – Milwaukee, Joy Simmons holds a variety of Certifications and Accreditations including: Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language Hearing Association; State of Wisconsin Professional Educator License to Teach Grades 1-6, Department of Public Instruction License in Speech-Language Pathology and Department of Regulation and Licensing License in Speech-Language Pathology. Her areas of specialty focus on treatment of articulation/phonological disorders and language delays. Joy works with patients from infancy through adulthood. She also participates in education and community outreach activities to increase awareness of speech and language development.

“I’ve found that improvement is maximized when patients, parents, and caregivers are all involved in decision-making and the therapy process. The child, family, caregivers and therapist are all integral parts of the team, working to support the patient.”

Choua Vang, MS, OTR

Choua Vang is certified by the National Board of Certification Occupational Therapy. She earned her Masters of Science degree in Occupational Therapy from Mount Mary University.

“I feel that children are the foundation of our world and our future. So, they are the ones that should be well prepared in the beginning of life in order for their futures, and for everyone else's futures, to be bright.”



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